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OOTD: B.Yellowtail by Native American Fashion Designer Bethany Yellowtail

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I first wrote about Native American fashion for a mainstream audience back in 2013 when I profiled Sho Sho Esquiro for Fusion (now Splinter), the ABC/Univision joint-venture. The Kaska Dene/Cree fashion designer was making waves on the catwalks of New York City with her Native-infused, never-before-seen Fashion Week designs.

Four years later and there are even more Indigenous fashion designers on the scene, such as one of my absolute faves, Bethany Yellowtail, creator of B.Yellowtail. Hardly a newcomer, though, Yellowtail launched her website in 2014 and this summer she held a pop-up shop and fashion show that I attended in Hollywood.

Yellowtail, 28, is Northern Cheyenne and Crow. She left her home state of Montana in 2007 to hone her craft at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California. Upon graduating in 2009, she worked for BCBG Max Azria, then became a pattern maker for private labels, eventually creating her own brand.

“I realized there is so much [cultural appropriation] going on that I decided I am not even going to get mad anymore, but I decided I was going to do something about it,” Yellowtail said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “Ultimately, I want to let my work become a learning opportunity and design pieces with cultural integrity.”

What I love most about Yellowtail is her commitment to Native and other political causes. She’s created work in support of activist efforts such as the 2017 Women’s March and the protests at Standing Rock. I love when creatives contribute their talents to important causes. It goes to show the difference we can all make regardless of our career field. 

After attending Yellowtail’s Summer fashion show, she graciously sent me a few pieces from her collection. Lucky for you, they’re all on sale on her website right now! And, this weekend she launched a brand new collection.

Any of her pieces would make an amazing Christmas gift this holiday season (for you or someone you love). She also sells beautiful Native jewelry, blankets, moccasins and other accessories on her site as well, perfect for anyone on your holiday list!

Here’s how I styled the pieces she sent me…

Enjoy, babes!

xo

Amy Stretten wearing Native American fashion designer, Bethany Yellowtail's, original designs

Outfit details: BLOSSOM PANT + Top: Charlotte Russe+ | Shoes: Forever 21 | Hat: Wyeth

Amy Stretten wearing Native American fashion designer, Bethany Yellowtail's, original designs

Amy Stretten wearing Native American fashion designer, Bethany Yellowtail's, original designs

Outfit details: RISE SHEATH DRESS + Shoes: Rock & Republic | Hat: Wyeth

Amy Stretten wearing Native American fashion designer, Bethany Yellowtail's, original designs

Amy Stretten wearing Native American fashion designer, Bethany Yellowtail's, original designs

Outfit details: RIVER CAMISOLE WITH WAIST TIE (Sold Out) + Shirt: Lovesick Fashion | Jeans: Melissa McCarthy Seven7 | Shoes: Forever 21 

A note: The views expressed in this post are my true and honest opinions. I was not paid to endorse Bethany Yellowtail or her designs, but the clothing I styled and wore were gifts from the designer.

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A new Take on a Pinstripe Suit

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“I say, dress to please yourself. Listen to your inner muse and take a chance. Wear something that says, ‘Here I am!’ today.” –Iris Apfel

In previous posts, I’ve talked about my love of statement pieces. Especially wearing them for networking purposes. Statement pieces are a great way to grab attention and stand out.

Never have I seen a more chic and artistic suit – let alone one that comes in plus sizes – than this set by Bisou Bisou. I first saw it on Rochelle of BeautiCurve a couple of months ago and was determined to find it in my size.  Sure enough, I was in luck. It was still available in my size! I was able to snag it at JCPenny.com and pick it up at my local store. I’m wearing an XL in both the jacket and pants. It comes in 1X-3X as well. The fabric is surprisingly stretchy, so there’s some give. (No need to worry about splitting your pants when you bend over!) And the slit in the wide leg trousers?? I just can’t!!!

This look is perfect for Sunday brunch with friends or for a networking event. You’ll stand out for sure wearing this ensemble!

And, you can pair it with a number of different tops, too. Anything from a simple cotton tank or t-shirt to a satin or lace blouse.

Here I’m wearing white, but pink, yellow, black…a number of colors could work. If you really wanted to kick it up a notch, you could wear a lace bodysuit, lace camisole or bandeau under it and take it for a night out. With this versatile piece, the options are endless!

What’s your favorite statement piece currently in your closet? Share it in the comments.

I hope you enjoy your day, babes!

xo

Plus size work clothes from JC Penny by Bisou Bisou

Plus size work clothes from JC Penny by Bisou Bisou

Plus size work clothes from JC Penny by Bisou Bisou

Plus size work clothes from JC Penny by Bisou Bisou

Plus size work clothes from JC Penny by Bisou Bisou

Outfit details: Suit (separates): Bisou Bisou (JCPenny) | Shoes: Forever 21 | Bag: Boutique

*Update: It looks like this particular set is no longer for sale at JCPenny.com. However, they do still carry a blouse and a romper in the same print. You may have luck searching on Poshmark or eBay if you’re dying to snag it, though . Alternatively, Bisou Bisou has a ton of to die for pieces in store and online at JCPenny.com.

Photographer: @M76Photo

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A Cold Shoulder for a Warm December day

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Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” –Rachel Zoe.

Although we’re entering Winter, here in Los Angeles temperatures have only slightly lowered from the record highs of Fall. Lucky for us we can still show a little skin without freezing.

Enter my favorite Eloquii blouse ever!

This asymmetrical off-the-shoulder button up shirt is the perfect blend: a crisp, classic piece with unique, designer-like detailing. The shoulder peeks out for a hint of sexy while the asymmetrical hemline adds interest and a stylish flair. And all of that’s wrapped up in a waist cinch made to look like the missing sleeves!

This look is perfect for Sunday brunch with your friends or a weeknight dinner date. It can be tucked in sans tie or worn out over jeans, pants, a skirt…you name it! And best of all, it’s perfect for a California December day.

How would you pair this top? Please share in the comments.

*Please excuse the wrinkles. I wore the top while hosting Eloquii’s daily Instagram Live show from their headquarters one morning in Long Island City, New York. And then I spent an hour on the train to meet up with my photographer while carrying a duffle bag full of clothes and shoes. #bts #thestruggleisreal

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Outfit details: Top: Eloquii | Jeans: The Limited | Shoes: DSW | Bag: Roaman’s

Photographer: @M76Photo

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Setting my Sights on 2018

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“Cheers to another year and another chance to get it right.” –Oprah Winfrey

It’s so hard to believe that this year is coming to a close. It feels like Spring wasn’t that long ago. Time really does speed up the older you get.

Tomorrow is the first day of December which means it’s time to think about plans for next year. It has become tradition for me to create some goals for the New Year during the last weeks of December: personal, professional, financial, health, etc. My routine is to review what my goals were for the present year and take stock of how far I’ve come and how much further I have to go in the upcoming year and beyond. (I like to make short and long-term goals) I then revisit my inspiration board and usually make a new one. But, sometimes, I just add to my old one (depending on whether or not my intentions have changed).

This year has been a whirlwind full of ups and downs: some big, some small…and some HUGE! I loved, I lost, I won, I learned a lot and best of all, I grew – a ton. I’m not the same person as I was January 1, 2017.

So, as Oprah says, “Cheers to another year…!” Here’s to kicking some serious a** in 2018!

What goals do you have for the upcoming year?

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Eloquii plus size clothing and plus size fall winter fashion trends

Outfit details: Crop top: Eloquii | Blouse: The Limited | Bag: Burberry | Jeans: Boohoo | Shoes: Mango

Photographer: @M76Photo

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Because it’s Fall but it’s Also hot as Hell

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“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” – Yves Saint Laurent

While most of the country is experiencing chilly Fall temperatures, Southern California has been in the middle of a heatwave. As such, I haven’t needed to pluck a warm coat or jacket – let alone boots or a scarf – from my closet yet. So, what does a fashion-loving LA babe to do when she wants to conjure up some seasonal cozy, fall vibes?

The answer lies in this dress. Fall color? Check. PJ trend? Check. Warm weather-friendly? Check.

The outfit screams Fall while being doable for current SoCal temperatures.

Whats more, you could easily transition this piece into colder Fall/Winter weather by wearing it unbuttoned over a t-shirt and distressed skinny jeans and under a jacket or pairing it with stockings, a coat and over-the-knee boots. The options are truly endless!

So, I’m curious…where do you live? What’s a part of your Fall wardrobe this year? Share in the comments.

xx

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

ASOS pj dress pajama dress fall wardrobe fall fashion ideas plus size fall winter fashion inspiration

Outfit details: Dress: ASOS | Shoes: DSW | Bag: H&M

Photographer: @M76Photo

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